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The Haunting of the Presidents: A Paranormal History of the U.S. Presidency

by Joel Martin

What were the chilling revelations of the seances conducted by Mary Todd Lincoln, Martha Washington, and Eleanor Roosevelt? What secrets did John F. Kennedy reveal after his death? Why was Hillary Clinton compelled to channel the spirits of past First Ladies? Which presidents admitted in private to having UFO encounters? What's the source of the strange light emanating from the Rose Room? Who-or-what is playing the haunted strains of phantom music in the private halls of the White House? The answers to these and even more tantalizing questions can be found in this unique history of the never-before-revealed phenomenon of the White House. And this isn't hearsay. It's based on declassified, substantiated records dating back to George Washington through the Clinton Administration. FEATURING: Actual transcripts of channeling sessions and seances A tour guide to the Presidential Haunted Places Eyewitness accounts from Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others

Screening The Sacred

by Joel Martin Conrad E. Ostwalt Jr.

What are the religious impulses in the 1976 film Rocky, and how can they work to shape one's social identity? Do the films Alien and Aliens signify the reemergence of the earth goddess as a vital cultural power? What female archetypes, borne out of male desire, inform the experience of women in Nine and a Half Weeks?These are among the several compelling questions the authors of this volume consider as they explore the way popular American film relates to religion. Oddly, religion and film--two pervasive elements of American culture--have seldom been studied in connection with each other. In this first systematic exploration, the authors look beyond surface religious themes and imagery in film, discovering a deeper, implicit presence of religion. They employ theological, mythological, and social and political criticism to analyze the influence of religion, in all its rich variety and diversity, on popular film. Perhaps more importantly, they consider how the medium of film has helped influence and shape American religious culture, secular or otherwise. More than a random collection of essays, this volume brings to the study of religion and film a carefully constructed analytic framework that advances our understanding of both. Screening the Sacred provides fresh and welcome insight to film criticism; it also holds far-reaching relevance for the study of religion. Progressive in its approach, instructive in its analyses, this book is written for students, scholars, and other readers interested in religion, popular film, and the impact of each on American culture.

Screening The Sacred

by Joel Martin Conrad E. Ostwalt Jr.

Twelve essays examine popular film in terms of theological, mythological, and ideological criticism. Topics include Christian allegorical structure, angels, and apocalyptic themes in particular films; myths of space aliens and of the "New Frontier"; and how popular films encourage racism, encode class, and construct gender. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc. , Portland, Or.

Screening The Sacred

by Joel Martin Conrad E. Ostwalt Jr.

What are the religious impulses in the 1976 film Rocky, and how can they work to shape one's social identity? Do the films Alien and Aliens signify the reemergence of the earth goddess as a vital cultural power? What female archetypes, borne out of male desire, inform the experience of women in Nine and a Half Weeks?These are among the several compelling questions the authors of this volume consider as they explore the way popular American film relates to religion. Oddly, religion and film-two pervasive elements of American culture-have seldom been studied in connection with each other. In this first systematic exploration, the authors look beyond surface religious themes and imagery in film, discovering a deeper, implicit presence of religion. They employ theological, mythological, and social and political criticism to analyze the influence of religion, in all its rich variety and diversity, on popular film. Perhaps more importantly, they consider how the medium of film has helped influence and shape American religious culture, secular or otherwise.More than a random collection of essays, this volume brings to the study of religion and film a carefully constructed analytic framework that advances our understanding of both. Screening the Sacred provides fresh and welcome insight to film criticism; it also holds far-reaching relevance for the study of religion. Progressive in its approach, instructive in its analyses, this book is written for students, scholars, and other readers interested in religion, popular film, and the impact of each on American culture.

Screening The Sacred

by Joel Martin Conrad E. Ostwalt Jr.

What are the religious impulses in the 1976 film Rocky, and how can they work to shape one's social identity? Do the films Alien and Aliens signify the reemergence of the earth goddess as a vital cultural power? What female archetypes, borne out of male desire, inform the experience of women in Nine and a Half Weeks?These are among the several compelling questions the authors of this volume consider as they explore the way popular American film relates to religion. Oddly, religion and film-two pervasive elements of American culture-have seldom been studied in connection with each other. In this first systematic exploration, the authors look beyond surface religious themes and imagery in film, discovering a deeper, implicit presence of religion. They employ theological, mythological, and social and political criticism to analyze the influence of religion, in all its rich variety and diversity, on popular film. Perhaps more importantly, they consider how the medium of film has helped influence and shape American religious culture, secular or otherwise.More than a random collection of essays, this volume brings to the study of religion and film a carefully constructed analytic framework that advances our understanding of both. Screening the Sacred provides fresh and welcome insight to film criticism; it also holds far-reaching relevance for the study of religion. Progressive in its approach, instructive in its analyses, this book is written for students, scholars, and other readers interested in religion, popular film, and the impact of each on American culture.

We Don't Die

by Patricia Romanowski Joel Martin

This is a book that will open your mind to an infinite realm of possibility, reassurance, and spiritual growth. It is the phenomenal true story of George Anderson. A man gifted with the extraordinary ability to communicate with spirits "on the other side," Anderson offers documented evidence of his powers through thousands of readings and dozens of scientific tests. Believers and skeptics alike have been astonished by the accuracy of his psychic communications. He reveals to his subject information--about events, experiences, trivia, even nicknames--for which the only possible source is the living consciousness of the deceased. Messages of forgiveness, peace, hope, and love... Believe it. Millions of Americans have already seen the proof of Anderson's ability on nationwide television and call-in radio. Now, the warmth and wisdom of his remarkable gift offers us all a glimpse of eternity. A heartfelt, universal vision that tells us "No one you are close to ever dies..."

We Don't Die: George Anderson's Conversations with the Other Side

by Patricia Romanowski Joel Martin

It is one of the most convincing accounts of communication with the deceased. A gentle religious man, Anderson was almost committed to a state mental hospital at age 16 because of his "visions," but by his 20s, he was helping spirits communicate with friends and relatives still residing on this plane of existence. Approximately 15 percent of the time he's not correct, and this is attributed to mix-ups in human communication or ignorance on the part of the questioner. The information that living folks pass between each other is often relayed or perceived inaccurately, so it seems logical that some perceptive error would occur in communications from the incarnate--particularly since a lot of these are conveyed through images, symbols, and tactile impressions. Anderson's conversations make for an engrossing read not to be missed.

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